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Wow! Grand Chateau was awesome!

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Just a quick note to let anybody who is thinking of going to the Grand Chateau in Las Vegas that it is AWESOME! About a half a block from the strip, right across from the new City Center, right next door to Planet Hollywood, with beautiful accomodations and very friendly staff!
 

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Just a quick note to let anybody who is thinking of going to the Grand Chateau in Las Vegas that it is AWESOME! About a half a block from the strip, right across from the new City Center, right next door to Planet Hollywood, with beautiful accomodations and very friendly staff!

We are staying there in March, with a big group of families, with kids.
Would love any suggestions or tips :)
 

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Sweet! We'll be there on Friday - our first real ts stay. Sounds like my skeptical husband will feel a bit better about our purchases!

Any tips on the parking? I have to attend a conference every day down the strip. I could take the monorail or drive. Was the valet parking a hassle?
 

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We are staying there in March, with a big group of families, with kids.
Would love any suggestions or tips :)

How old are the kids? There is a MAZE activity center onsite that includes an air hockey table, books, and a Ms. Pacman arcade game. There are organized daily activities and a slumber party at least one evening per week. I don't know what the weather is like in March but the kids may enjoy the postage stamp size pool. If the Lion King is still playing at Mandalay Bay, then I highly recommend seeing that show.
 

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Sweet! We'll be there on Friday - our first real ts stay. Sounds like my skeptical husband will feel a bit better about our purchases!

Any tips on the parking? I have to attend a conference every day down the strip. I could take the monorail or drive. Was the valet parking a hassle?

Valet parking is not a hassle. Allow at least 10 minutes for the valet to retrieve your car. The city bus system is excellent and I would consider that as an option to taking the monorail or driving down the strip.
 

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There is a big mall across the street in the Planet Hollywood. Very expensive stores (go figure) and the kids would probably like the Excalibur (sp). With that said, there are so many vulger immages and people and activities just outside your door at the Marriott and anything on the strip, that it will be really hard to keep your kids sheltered from seeing some very adult immages and actvities.

I was just in Vegas for the first time this past May. I had given serious thought of bring my 5 year old with me, just for a couple days and then taking him to Arizona an Utah with us. It only took leaving the Vegas airport to be thankful I left him home. You can't walk five feet on the strip without going through 10-20 people handing out pornographic cards for srippers and prostitutes. That's in addition to all the drunk and homeless people surrounding you. The homeless are okay, just sad, but the drunks are very vulger -- and these are mostly vacationers.

Having never been to vegas, I didn't know that all the card dealers are
scantily clad girls who make victoria secret models look conservative. If that's not enough, there are even less dressed girls pole dancing above the card dealers (this is especially true in the Planet Hollywood and Hardrock Casinos). You might think kids wouldn't see this but to get to most things in the casinos, even the arcades and pools, shops, restaurants, and the like you have to walk through the casino and all those immages are within eyesight of the walkways. If you have to ask someone for directions in the casino you have to ask the girls in lingerie who serve as "information centers" at all the casinos. I remember being at the Excalibur (sp), which is maybe the most kid friendly casino and trying to find the buffett. I was in an area adjacent to an arcade and in a foodcourt of sorts and the only worker I could find who wasn't behind a counter serving people were show girls, basically who stand outside the various shops and restaurants ready to give tourist directions and show times and stuff like that. I just laughed because these girls are dressed in less than a lingerie model would be wearing and they are surrounded by kids and families and it just all seemed inapropriate.

I'm not trying to say that being inside the casinos your kids are going to be exposed to a lot of a lot of nudity but it comes pretty close to that. It's more that getting from one casino/attraction to the next requires walking through a gauntlet of filth that might make your kids feel very uncomfortable, not to mention you. Maybe your kids are older and this stuff wont matter or maybe they are so young they won't know what is going on, but I wanted you to know what walking around in Vegas is like these days. The passing out of stipper cards and prostituion services is really agressive.

The Marriott is pretty sheltered from the strip, being half a block away or whatever it is, but there is also not a whole lot to do at the Marriott. There is a very small roof-top pool and I guess there is a MAZE. I toured the resort this past May when I was staying across the street at the Planet Hollywood. I liked the Marriott a lot but I was surprised by the pool and general lack of a resort feel. I guess I am used to resort locations where you don't really need to leave the resort. The Marriott in Vegas is not one of those resorts you never need to leave.

I liked Vegas and would go back just about any day but I was very thanful to to have a little kid there. I saw some kids when I was there but not many, but then again I was there in May and school is still in session, then.


We are staying there in March, with a big group of families, with kids.
Would love any suggestions or tips :)
 

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Kids ages range, 7, 10, 12.
The MAZE sounds good...Is there the option to leave the kids for a few hours?
Would love dinner or gambling time.
Slumber Party, oh, what night is that usually on?
We have a whole week booked but will only stay 4-5, so want to choose the ones with the most kid activities.
 

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Lots in Vegas for Kids

Been taking my kids to Vegas for 13 years (at least once per year). Some of the things they really liked:
  • Pinball Hall of Fame - 4000 sq ft of real video games
  • Ethel M's Chocalate Factory
  • Red Rock Canyon National Monument (I think)
    Clark County Museum
    Bowling (a lot of the off-strip casino's have bowling alleys)
    Coca Cola store
    M&M's Store
    Bass Pro Shop
    El Dorado Gold Mine - go into a real gold mine. Very cool and informative tour.

If I think of anything else, will edit.

Do agree about the card slappers - it has gotten worse over the last few years.
 
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I saw a LOT of kids, mostly very young or high school age. If you stick to the "nicer" places like the Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian, you are less likely to see "vulgar" stuff. These places have beautiful lobbies, gardens, and in-house stores that would be of interest ot older kids. Be sure and go to the Mirage and see the dolphins, lions, and tigers. They fed the dolphins twice while we were there and that was really awesome! MGM has the lion display, too. If you're a fan of the show "Pawnstars" you can go see the building. Get there early because there's a line around the block later on. Not sure what time they open the actual store. You can always take a tour of Hoover Dam, too. That is really something!

I didn't notice any women any more scantily clad than what you'd see on TV. However, if you are walking along the strip, you will see people handing out cards for strip joints, although with the throngs of people I mainly was just trying to look where I was going to avoid being run over! Also some pretty explicit billboards. Might be a good opportunity for a parent to kid talk?
 

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Kids ages range, 7, 10, 12.
The MAZE sounds good...Is there the option to leave the kids for a few hours?
Would love dinner or gambling time.
Slumber Party, oh, what night is that usually on?
We have a whole week booked but will only stay 4-5, so want to choose the ones with the most kid activities.

Our twins are five so I remained with them in the MAZE center. There were never any other kids in the center during our visits. The slumber party was Saturday, 6-9 pm for $20 pp. The minimum age was 7. MAZE offers daily free play on Wii, Playstation, or Xbox Kinect.

Activities offered during our stay:
Saturday: Create a tie dye t-shirt (9:15 - noon), Make bead jewelry or seashell picture frames (1:45-3 pm
Sunday: Paper beads (9:15 - noon) and creative ceramics (2:30 - 5:00 pm)
Monday: Family movie 8:30 am, create a puppet (1:30 - 3:45 pm)
Tuesday: Create a puppet (8-10:00 am) and create a tie dye t-shirt (10:00 - noon)
Wednesday: Create sand art key chain (9:15 - 11:45 am), make a volcano or seashell picture frames (1:30 - 5:00 pm)
Thursday: Decorate a hat or tote bag (8:30 - noon), candy bingo (3-4 pm)
Friday: 9:15-10:15 Make a sun catcher, origami (1:45-3 pm)
 

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Vegas is really NOT a place to take children younger than high school age, and even then it's questionable. If this is a business trip and you have no other option (i.e. no one at home can watch them) then that would be the only time I would consider doing it. If this is supposed to be a family vacation, there are zillions of destinations that are age appropriate for kids - "Sin City" is not one of them. Go somewhere else. JMHO.
 

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:) Let's not turn this thread in the direction of bashing/chastising parents who choose to take their children to Las Vegas.
 

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Answers to a couple things mentioned earlier...The Lion King will be over with the end of this year (2012).

The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is open 24/7, but mornings is suppose to be the best time as far as no lines. Be careful of where you park. If the lot belongs to somebody else and has "Tow Away" signs, they mean it.

If you are going to the pawn shop and it is after 1 PM, get some Luv-it Custard (Ice Cream) on Oakey, 1/2 block east of Las Vegas BL. (near Stratosphere). It is famous for very good reason.

Fern
 

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Sweet! We'll be there on Friday - our first real ts stay. Sounds like my skeptical husband will feel a bit better about our purchases!

Any tips on the parking? I have to attend a conference every day down the strip. I could take the monorail or drive. Was the valet parking a hassle?

If your convention is on the strip do not, I repeat, do not even think of driving on the strip. The traffic on the strip is normally very heavy and moves very slowly. You can buy a multi-day bus pass that would be much more practical than driving. If your convention is "relatively" nearby walking may be the best way to get there. The valet parking is free and makes parking at the Grand Chateau very simple.

Your husband should love the TS and Vegas. You are in a fabulous location in the center of everything and just off the strip.
 

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If your convention is on the strip do not, I repeat, do not even think of driving on the strip. The traffic on the strip is normally very heavy and moves very slowly. You can buy a multi-day bus pass that would be much more practical than driving. If your convention is "relatively" nearby walking may be the best way to get there. The valet parking is free and makes parking at the Grand Chateau very simple.

Your husband should love the TS and Vegas. You are in a fabulous location in the center of everything and just off the strip.

My conference is at Harrah's and I have to be there from 7am to 2:00. Is there a back way (off strip) that I can drive or should I plan on the bus? The car is easier to tote the supplies I need to bring with me.
 

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My conference is at Harrah's and I have to be there from 7am to 2:00. Is there a back way (off strip) that I can drive or should I plan on the bus? The car is easier to tote the supplies I need to bring with me.

I think the name of the street is Koval. Parallels the strip and a lot easier access to the parking garages.
 

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My conference is at Harrah's and I have to be there from 7am to 2:00. Is there a back way (off strip) that I can drive or should I plan on the bus? The car is easier to tote the supplies I need to bring with me.
Go east on Harmon to Koval and turn left. Go to Flamingo and turn left. Take a right on Audrie. That is the street that runs directly behind Harrah's and the other casinos on that side of the Strip. You'll see Audrie as you are going east on Harmon but you need to go all the way to Koval because Audrie doesn't go through to Flamingo from Harmon.

I know this sounds very confusing. Maybe take a look at it on the satellite view on Google maps to get a better idea.
 
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Better Directions to Harrah's

The directions Karen gave above would be good if you were going to the Flamingo, but not Harrah's because Audrie ends just before Harrah's and you have to jog into an alley. Better is...

East on Harmon (away from the Strip) to Koval. Left on Koval and. Continue until you see a sign that says "Harrah's/Venetian". Turn Left and staying the Left lane to Harrah's valet. That will put you close to the door to unload your auto easier. When you pick up your autoyouonly need to tip the alert $2.00, that is all, and well worth the. Convenience.

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My conference is at Harrah's and I have to be there from 7am to 2:00. Is there a back way (off strip) that I can drive or should I plan on the bus? The car is easier to tote the supplies I need to bring with me.
 

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the help.
 

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The directions Karen gave above would be good if you were going to the Flamingo, but not Harrah's because Audrie ends just before Harrah's and you have to jog into an alley.
Thanks for that clarification, Fern. I rarely use valet so I don't think of that option. But it's a good idea, especially since she has stuff to unload.:)
 

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Planet Hollywood by Westgate

Interesting that there are, by coincidence, two threads active at the same time: one on Westgate trades and one on Grand Chateau.

If you are interested, you can go to the Westgate string and see why I chose Planet Hollywood over Grand Chateau for a recent AC Vegas vacation.
 

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The original poster is brining her kids on this trip. Having stayed at the Planet Hollywood, I would pick the Marriott any day if I have kids with me. The Planet Hollywood is a better timeshare, in my oppinion -- units are very spacious, you are on the strip (kind of but it requires walking throuhg a mall) and the pool is better at the Planet Hollywood but the kids will definately see a lot of skin at that resort and be subjected to a very vulger crowd on the weekends, starting on Thursday night. I think the Marriott offers a healthy shield from the very adult side of Vegas that is kind of in your face at the Planet Hollywood.

Interesting that there are, by coincidence, two threads active at the same time: one on Westgate trades and one on Grand Chateau.

If you are interested, you can go to the Westgate string and see why I chose Planet Hollywood over Grand Chateau for a recent AC Vegas vacation.
 

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The original poster is brining her kids on this trip. Having stayed at the Planet Hollywood, I would pick the Marriott any day if I have kids with me. The Planet Hollywood is a better timeshare, in my oppinion -- units are very spacious, you are on the strip (kind of but it requires walking throuhg a mall) and the pool is better at the Planet Hollywood but the kids will definately see a lot of skin at that resort and be subjected to a very vulger crowd on the weekends, starting on Thursday night. I think the Marriott offers a healthy shield from the very adult side of Vegas that is kind of in your face at the Planet Hollywood.

Jdunn1 is absolutely right on this. IMO, Planet Hollywood is not a place for kids ... especially Friday-Sunday.
 

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Karen,
My other reason for sending her to the Valet at Harrah's...although I haven't been there in awhile, Harrah's frequently restricts their garage to hotel guests and high ranking club members. They won't even honor handicap placards during those times that they are busy. The guard tells you to turn around and come back out if you are part way in when he catches you. Last time, I said, "OK," and then continued up several levels and parked anyway. :p

Fern

Thanks for that clarification, Fern. I rarely use valet so I don't think of that option. But it's a good idea, especially since she has stuff to unload.:)
 

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Karen,
My other reason for sending her to the Valet at Harrah's...although I haven't been there in awhile, Harrah's frequently restricts their garage to hotel guests and high ranking club members. They won't even honor handicap placards during those times that they are busy. The guard tells you to turn around and come back out if you are part way in when he catches you. Last time, I said, "OK," and then continued up several levels and parked anyway. :p

Fern

Good to know. (And good for you. What are they going to do - chase you down?).
 
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